The '''American Medical Association''' ('''AMA'''), founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897,
is the largest association of physicians—both Doctor of Medicine|MDs
and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine|DOs
—and medical student
s in the United States.
The AMA's stated mission is to promote the art and science of medicine
for the betterment of the public health
, to advance the interests of physicians and their patients, to promote public health, to lobbying|lobby
for legislation favorable to physicians and patients, and to raise money for medical education. The Association also publishes the ''Journal of the American Medical Association
'' (JAMA), which has the largest circulation of any weekly medical journal in the world.
The AMA also publishes a list of Physician Specialty Codes
which are the standard method in the U.S. for identifying physician and practice specialties.